Public Work


By Shahrzad |  Published on Monday, November 26, 2012.

Publicworks have been covering the billboards in Los Angeles with street art from some of our favorite artists including Ron English, Shepard Fairey and the WCA Crew.

LA public artwork on billboards by How and Nosm

How & Nosm

Public artwork on Billboards in Los Angeles

How & Nosm

How & Nosm

Last year, a couple friends and I were talking about taking over some billboards and replacing ads for things like furniture or cereal with pieces of art as part of an attempt to beautify LA neighborhoods. We were outraged by a specific billboard that looked over Hillhurst Ave. in Los Feliz that kept telling us to get the Lap Band, a new way to lose weight, while we were gorging on frozen yogurt. All we wanted to do was take the billboard down and paint something amazing on it.

A year later, I noticed this piece by ZES on that very billboard.

Zes on Hillhurst and Clarrisa

The city of Los Angeles has been under an anti-street art attack. Because of an ordinance passed in 2002, Los Angeles has seen hundreds of murals on both private and public property painted over. The law’s desire was to end the glorification of graffiti through murals and let companies bombard civilians with constant advertisement. Despite this law, many billboards have been victim to sweet, sweet graffiti.




Shepard Fairey



Ron English

Ron English




In response to this ordinance, last month, Daniel Lahoda of LALA Arts and the Freewalls Project and Rick Robinson of MacDonald Media teamed up to create an exhibition in two parts. In August, LALA Arts hosted an exhibition called Public Works that hosted a group of street artist’s plans for billboards. As part of the ongoing exhibition, LALA Arts, the Freewalls Project and MacDonald Media worked with billboard companies to place artist’s pieces as billboards. Artists included in the exhibition are How & Nosm, Shepard Fairey, Ron English, WCA, Seen, Zes, Risk, Uglar and plenty of others.

Mear, Bazar, Evolve, Zane, Pyro : WCA Artists

The twist in the story : Lahoda has been accused of theft and unfair business practices according to the LAPD.

As a result, bringing this project to life was even more difficult than normal; however, Lahoda managed to pull it together despite having the odds against him. Further, his new venture at LALA Arts seems to be doing fairly well considering the amount of prestigious artists he rounded up to participate in the two part show.

To help keep this project alive, call these billboard companies and let them know you like what you see! Hopefully we’ll see more art and less commercials in 2013.

CBS Outdoor
1731 Workman Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 222-7171

Clear Channel Outdoor
19320 Harborgate Way
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 755-7200

Mahlmann Media
2812 E Walnut St
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 449-9069

LAMAR Outdoor
1115 S Boyle Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90023
(323) 780-9100

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